The European Commission will distribute €22.8m as part of the humanitarian aid package. Food needs are set to be addressed in Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The funding is being granted following the harshest drought in decades in the southern Africa.
The EU comission stressed that many poor households in drought-affected areas in southern African countries are struggling to have enough food due to crop failure, reduced access to water and, in some places, unaffordable food prices in markets.
“EU humanitarian aid will help deliver food to those most in need and tackle the hunger crisis in fragile rural communities,” said Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management.
12 million people in the area are currently facing hunger because of limited rainfall, interspersed with floods, not to mention economic crisis that certain countries in the region are plunged into.